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bragging about them. they post signs advertising them. in doing so they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. however our nation's priorities gotten so far out of order? think about it. we care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. american airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses, even sports stadiums are all protected by armed security. we care about our president so we protect him with armed secret service agents. members of congress work in offices surrounded by capitol police officers. yet when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the american family, our children, we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless. the monsters and the predators of the world know it and exploit it. that must change now. the truth is -- >> nra, stop killing our children. it is the nra killing our children. not armed -- not armed teachers. we have to end the violence. we have to stop the killing. stop the killing in our schools. stop the killing in our homes.
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in your own companies but in the well-being of america, there are a lot of patriots in this room and people who care deeply about not only your bottom lines but also the future of this country. you've shown that over the last four years, we've gone through as difficult an economic period as we've seen in most of our lifetimes, and we've emerged not yet where we need to be, but we've certainly made progress and the reason we've made progress in part has been because of the outstanding management and productivity and gains and efficiencies and xet i haveness that you've been able to achieve in each and every one of your companies. as i've said it to the small groups let me repeat it to the large group. i am passionately rooting for your success because if the companies in this room are doing well, then small businesses and medium sized businesses up and down the chain are doing well. if the companies in this room are doing well, then folks get jobs, consumers get confidence, and we're going to be able to compete around the world. the good news is that, despite the extraordinary cha
more energy, and america can become an energy exporter. how do we do that in a way that also deals with the environmental challenges we have at the same time? so that's going to be a third thing. but the most immediate thing i've got to do starting on january 1, if congress doesn't act before the end of the year, is to make sure that taxes are not going up on middle class families. because it is going to be very hard for the economy to sustain its current growth trends if suddenly we have a huge bite taken out of the average american's paycheck. >> those are four huge things, and you didn't mention after newtown, although i know you're thinking about it, new gun regulation. >> yes. >> mayor bloomberg of new york told me that out to be your number one agenda. you know how hard this is. do you have the stomach for the political fight for new gun control laws? >> david, i think anybody who was up in newtown who talked to the parents, who talked to the families, understands that, you know, something fundamental in america has to change. and all of us have to do some soul searching, inc
've got a huge opportunity around energy. we are producing more energy and america can become an energy exporter. how do we do that in a way that also deals with some of the environmental challenges that we have at the same time? so that's going to be a third thing. but the most immediate thing i've got to do, starting on january 1st, if congress doesn't act before the end of the year, is make sure that taxes are not going up on middle class families. and because it is going to be very hard for the economy to sustain its current growth trends if suddenly we have a huge bite taken out of the average americans' paycheck. >> those are four huge things, you didn't mention after newtown, although i know you're thinking about it, new gun regulations. mayor bloomberg of new york told me couple of weeks ago on this program, that ought to be your number one agenda item. you know how hard this is. do you have the stomach for the political fight for new gun control laws? >> you know, david, i think anybody who was up in newtown, who talked to the parents, who talked to the families, understands th
. the clock is ticking. christmas is coming. the goose is getting fat. but in many homes across america, it ee's a very, very l time. >> the goose is getting fat. haven't heard that before. that was speaker john boehner and house minority leader nancy pelosi. they're reacting to yesterday's jobs numbers and the looming fiscal cliff crisis with neither side eager to budge or make concessions. the big question, can they come to an agreement before time runs out or will they take huge risks by cliff diving on december 31st. congressman allison schwartz is a ranking member on the house budget committee which will of course play a crucial role in these fiscal cliff negotiations. she has come in for us on a saturday afternoon. we do appreciate your time. >> good to be here. >> thanks for being here. there's a possibility of some major changes to entitlement spending by the end of these fiscal cliff negotiations. it looks like democratic leaders are right now warming to the idea of raising medicare premiums for wealthier people. you in the past have been somewhat outspoken in terms of your opposition
're not going to make economically vulnerable people in america pay for the tax cuts over the last ten years. >> krooet ellison, happy holidays to you and yours. happy holidays. >> thank you. >> thank. for more on the fiscal cliff i'm joined by deputy political editor domminco. let's talk about what are the opings left on the table as we look at the narrow window that's left to get us to 2013 and what could get done. >> well, i think ultimately you've got a small deal, a big deal, or going over the cliff. there is some movement towards getting a small deal done. you hear that from congressman ellison. senate airdz on both sides tell me that that's possible. the 250,000 a year tax cut plus unemployment things and it maybe can kick the can down the road. that will have consequences for the president's agenda in the next year because he wants to get immigration reform done. he wants to get a lot of other things done that really get pushed down the road if fiscal stiff is still weighing on him. >> which side has negotiated in good faith more? the political reporting we've heard is that the presi
with something so his folks agree on to keep america and americans moving forward. >> as we talk about when's taken place in washington, d.c. and speaker boehner's plan "b" that didn't get any liftoff off ground to be brought to the floor for the vote, what's the sense that why speaker boehner can't get the cause kus together to support something that apparently americans in a loud voice do support, that's raising taxes on the wealthiest of americans in because that's how president obama ran the campaign and got re-elected. >> you know what? i'm scratching my head. sometimes say to -- feeling sorry for speaker boehner, i guess. 25, 30 of the tea partiers primarily who just won't listen to the speaker and he thought that he had the votes or twist arms to get the vote and made -- bold announcement before to put the vote on the floor. and he could not do it. and so, i've listened to some of those 20 and 25 individuals and listened to their rational is what has been me a little worried about a deal getting done. busine does boehner get some leverage after january 1st? some were defeated in the
up tomorrow for every family in america. i repeat there is still some issues that need to be resolved before we can bring the legislation to the floor. >> under the previous order then the senate will proceed to business until 12:00 noon. this is for debate only. senators are permitted to speak -- >> there you go. the senate floor. we are listening to them as senate majority harry reid opened it up for today after they called it a day yesterday. joining us now is congressman steny hoyer, the house minority whip. thanks for being with us. i appreciate your time. you listened to our report from mike viqueira. you just heard senate majority harry reid. he spoke. from what you know about the details of this biden deal, did we get it right? is there any other detail you're aware of here? >> i'm not aware of all the specifics. i think generally you outlined what i have understood as the present status of negotiations. all of us believe i think that going over the cliff should not be the option that we follow. but it's been very, very difficult to get any kind of agreement in this congress.
's an antidotal sense now among faith leaders all across the country and faiths across america that it's time for us to do something more. and i think, clearly, in the stages of doing that, here in washington, but also around the country is gathering faith leaders from a variety of faith traditions and essentially just putting a counterweight on our legislators and our executive branch to say there is another voice in america. and it's a voice that believes there are common sense consensual things that we can do to curb the access to guns and to bring a stop to the violence. >> a counterweight, richard, no matter what we do right now in the immediate aftermath of all of this does not mean that a tragedy like newtown may not happen again. there might be a weapon sitting in someone's house right now that could be in the mind-set of someone that they're planning to do something on the heels of this tragedy. but there are those voices out there that would like a long wish list of things to be done in the wake of this tragedy. including an assault weapons ban. house minority leader nancy pelosi wa
and faiths across america that it's time for us to do something more. and i think, clearly, in the stages of doing that, here in washington, but also around the country is gathering faith leaders from a variety of faith traditions and essentially just putting a counterweight on our legislators and our executive branch to say there is another voice in america. and it's a voice that believes there are common sense consensual things that we can do to curb the access to guns and to bring a stop to the violence. >> a counterweight, richard, no matter what we do right now in the immediate aftermath of all of this does not mean that a tragedy like newtown may not happen again. there might be a weapon sitting in someone's house right now that could be in the mind-set of someone that they're planning to do something on the heels of this tragedy. but there are those voices out there that would like a long wish list of things to be done in the wake of this tragedy. including an assault weapons ban. house minority leader nancy pelosi wants to ban those high-capacity magazine clips. and mayor booker w
, every family in america will see their income taxes automatically go up on january 1st. everybody here will see their taxes go up on january 1st. i am assuming that doesn't sound too good to you. that's sort of like the lump of coal you get for christmas. that's a scrooge christmas. >> president obama warning workers what would happen if congress does nothing to avert the impending fiscal cliff. the president was at the factory of kinex toys. let's get some insight on that visit from someone who was there. michael is the president and ceo of kinex. >> good morning. >> president obama said a fam of four's taxes could go up. what impact does that have? >> it's fantastic to have the president our endorser in chief. when you remove that discretionary income and toys are a discretionary purchase as are other things. you are having some potential impact on the entire economy. obviously, toys and other things, as well. >> the president's plan calls for raising the tax rates on americans earning $250,000 or more. most republicans remain dead set against the president's plan. >> that's true. i
their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. our commitment has never been stronger. >>> now the efforts by the u.s. military against al qaeda are in their 12th year, we must also ask ourselves how will this conflict end? >> that's a very good question, and since that's the pentagon's top lawyer asking it, we'll ask our brain trust, is the war on terror winding down? first, though, the fiscal cliff looms ever nearer, the house speaker, among many others, sounding very pessimistic today. are we headed over the edge? and after the election in a bruising defeat, what's next for the republican party? we'll talk to one top outgoing gop senator. good sunday afternoon to you, you are watching msnbc, the place for politics. there are no signs right now of a break in the deadlocked talks to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, the devastating combinations of tax increase and spending cuts that kick in january 1st. both sides seem to dig in this m
which we do to grow the economy, in infrastructure and innovation and making sure america is always on the cutting-edge of new entrepreneurship, the fact is that we want to do that, the president has put that forward, the election does make a difference, the president is absolutely strong about this. look i was just with him on friday. he came to my district. was at a business. they are showing some of that video right now. local business in my district that was a toy manufacturer and what they said to the president, what they said to me is we, we make more toys when there's consumer demand. let's make sure that middle class americans have dollars in their pockets, they continue to have confidence as consumers or grow that confidence and that our businesses, large and small respond to that, that they begin to see so stability. this is time when we're calling on speaker boehner to work with the president, to work with democrats in congress, and to get done what we have to get done, the american people, middle class and businesses, let's create that stability and confidence that this
killing like that, little 6 and 7-year-olds, there is not a single republican in america, in elected office, not going to step up and say something? >> i think that says something in itself. >> i think it is time to talk, guys. one way or the other, where do you stand on this issue? >> joining me this morning is connecticut congressman joe courtney. good to have you here. the president is speaking in 45 minutes from now to announce this new interagency task force on gun control. he's not expected to announce any new specific gun regulation policy proposals, however, does this suggest to you that some serious policy is coming and coming soon? >> it does. the difference in the political landscape in six days, you know, is dramatic. that's really, i think, not an overstatement. when i was there sunday night at the interfaith vigil, when he was talking, he was very clear. he was not reading a speech or talking points, this was really coming from the heart, and he had a look in his face when he came in, and on that stage, which showed that this is different. this is -- it better be differ
of is second congressional district, or i can't imagine any district in america, would send a convicted pedophile to congress. >> congressman bobby rush, congressman, always good to see you. >> thank you. >> thank you for coming on. >>> i want to bring the brain trust back here on this saturday afternoon. what will the political fallout of jesse jackson jr., what will it mean for the jackson family legacy? erin mcpike of course real clear politics down in d.c. boris epshteyn here with me on the set in new york city. erin, let me start with -- let me start with you. i want to take a look, show you what joanne reed, managing editor of the grio. this is what she wrote in an opinion piece this week. sheer an excerpt. perhaps as he tends to family business, jackson can find a way to be central in the national conversation again, and to restore what has been among the most important black family pedigrees in this country. would you agree that jesse jackson sr.'s current hardship makes it harder for the jackson family to reclaim its political and activist power position? >> oh, i don't think s
is that his father, if he could have served in other way and had a huge impact on america he would do so, but clearly he did want to be president, i think, and he certainly worked hard to get there. he didn't make it to the finish line, but he gave it a good effort, and i think he -- >> he made it to the finish line. he just didn't win. that's the funny thing. he made it to the finish line. he just didn't win. he crossed the finish line. >> at this point, though, the romney family should just stop talking. let's not talk about free stuff and 47% and he didn't really want it anyway. just stop talking. go enjoy your holidays. they're not doing anybody any service. think about it, if you worked your heart out on the campaign, forget about the donors and the big check, but there are young people that worked really hard. the last thing if you want to hear is if you gave up two years of your life working for someone that you believed in and they didn't really want it. that's ridiculous. i don't know what tag thought he was doing, but he should just stop talking, go have some egg nog. i know it
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at a time when we're expecting small businesses to be the engine of job creation in america. ernst & young has made it clear, if we were to do what the president is asking for, 700,000 jobs would be at risk. it's as simple as that. >> we've been hearing, since late in the summer, past several years, health care, a myriad. why is it every christmas season, why is it every single year, no matter what year? >> well, we really shouldn't be. i argued, going back to spring, that this issue had to be dealt with. that's why in may, the house moved a bill to replace the sequester with other cuts in mandatory spending. that's why in july, the house passed a bill to extend all of the current tax rates. i've been pushing all year for us to address this problem. but here we are, at the 11th hour, and the president still isn't serious about dealing with this issue right here. it's this issue. spending. you go back, talk about polling, most americans would agree that spending is a much bigger problem than raising taxes. he want us to deal with this in a responsible way. >> again, with congress, it's wher
court ruled on this but they are wrong. quite frankly we need sensible gun legislation in america and the second amendment is not there to block it. the second amendment is no longer in effect, we do not let people have military style weapons any more in the country. >> bobby, does it really break it down to. that the times and history has changed and the over throw of the government not a concern. the government bringing their will upon the people, so the guns are needed. is it that argument at this point? >> for some perhaps. but in washington, the argument right now is whether or not you know, whether or not people have this individual right to guns. the president has said that he believes that there's this constitutional right. he believes in the second amendment, and we will see whether or not this culture war is going to erupt again. >> right. >> and you know, it is going to depend, i think on how powerfully the nra comes out in opposing any kinds of new restrictions on gun ownership. >> so, will this argument resonate? >> i think that the notion that somehow we have to make
don't know -- i would like to know, first of all how many schools there are in america. high schools, middle schools, preschools, private christian academies? the point is this is unfeasible. i'm not sure it's the right way to go to put an armed guard in every single school in america. who will pick up the taxpayer dla are on that? the counties, it is states? the locals the feds? who will do this? it's impractical. to the some mention i don't like guns in our schools. it's a nice political sound bite and they can use an old statement from bill clinton to say this, but i'm not sure it's a practical idea, frankly. >> first of all, when it comes to education, decisions really do need to be handled on a local level. that's how education decisions should be made. but at the same time i do support the idea of consideration putting an armed patrol officer. my sister in atlanta works at a receiving desk, and she's not prepared or trained for dealing with someone coming into the school. i would hate to think of my sister or another teacher have been to stop someone from breaking into their sc
's portrait of america's first family before they entered the white house. we looked at the first two years in the white house. we thought even not knowing how the election was going to turn out that this book was necessary for our audience. she has had an impact. >> what is your favorite thing that you discovered? >> the book is broken down into three parts. it is one on substance and then her style and then on her spirit. her substance, initiatives whether let's move or the military families and her style is widely documented. we don't see as much is her spirit. who is she really beyond being a mother and beyond being a wife and a daughter and beyond a friend? what we realized is that being a part of her own self and keeping a part of herself to herself has been very meaningful to her and to our readers. so we try to capture that especially in the third part of the book. we reached out to real women across the country and women you may know and ask them what do they think of michelle obama and what is so meaningful about her presence in the white house and some of the answers may surprise
comes from the structures that nato and america created in afghanistan. the private security firms, the contractors that they promoted at the cost of afghan people and the way they behaved with the afghan people and the anger that has caused in the afghan people and the resulting insecurity. >> so would you say you believe that some of these would be intentional insecurity brought by nato and the united states? >> it is a very strong perception that some of that insecurity is intentional, yes. >> president karzai also accuses the u.s. of history lating the strategic partnership agreement the country signed last spring and said afghanistan will not sign any new agreements until the u.s. respects afghan sovereignty. >> all right. we're talking a bull or a bear market. wa wall street is saying about the fiscal cliff. plus kate out of the hospital but is she out of the woods. she's out of the hospital after battling a treatment for severe morning sickness. we get a report from london straight ahead. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automati
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shootings finally lead to a serious discussion on gun control in america? we will ask the president of the brady campaign straight ahead. >>> plus, republican versus republican. up next, the union member leading the fight against michigan governor's controversial right to work law. >>> then our big question to you, do right to work laws lower unemployment or lower workers' wages? ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. >>> welcome back. we are following the big story out of michigan, where labor unions are ramping up efforts to repeal the highly controversial right to work law signed by republican governor rick snyder yesterday. this was the scene outside of the state capitol in lansing yesterday, where more than 10,000 protesters gathered as the house legislature passed that law. joining me is andy potter, vice president of the michigan corrections organization and chair of seiu's republican national advisory committee. good to have you here. because law makers in michiga
to children as law enforcement continue to try to sort this out on one more sad day in america. >> part of our reaction, clint, yours as well, is certainly emotional and when we look at these kids and this age group of five to ten years old, kindergarten through fourth grade, we don't see these story lines at this level of school, good thing. but take a step back for us, you know the full context in terms of these sorts of tragedies nationwide. can you do that for us? >> we can, richard, we have seen approximately 20 incidents like this, into an environment like this, into a school, into a shopping mall, into a movie theater. what worries me, sometimes, richard, is that we're seeing so many of these, we have become somewhat numb and we don't realize the terrible emotional pain, the physical pain that's suffered, and realize again, this is something these children, their parents will carry. and it's one more place where we thought our children were safe. where reality has at least in this school has proven that's not the case. >> clint talk to us, what we're seeing right now, this is a staging
is necessary for the elementary schools in america at this point given the rate of the types of events that we have been covering, especially given what we've now witnessed in newtown? >> i think that it really is not a way we want to live, by having officers necessarily in every building everywhere across the country. i think there's a much broader question and i think that debate will start later on next week, in the months to follow, in the years to follow, because we have this toxic soup, if you will, of people with severe mental health issues that aren't being managed, aren't being cared in the appropriate way, and easy access to weapons. when you put those things together, you have a perfect storm of these kinds of scenarios and we have seen it play out across the country. how many more times do we have to sit here and have conversations about these heroic teachers and staff members before this country decides to take steps to protect our children. >> mayor, appreciate your time today. thank you. >>> up next, keeping all of our kids safe. what schools are doing for that extra bit of prot
continue days before america's cliff-mas. the gop plan b has a veto promise from the president which is unlikely to happen because it will never make it out of the senate alive. all of that falling on deaf ears where the house will convene this hour to vote on boehner's plan b. his hail mary back-up plan would extend it on people who earn 1 million or less and it is a tax rate on those who earn 1 million or less and one day after the talks dissolved from competing news connence 1ferencesconferen. it was so fast you kind of blinked and missed it. >> the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people and then the president will have a decision to make. he can call on the senate democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in american history. >> president obama told reporters earlier in the day the republicans were putting the need to personally best him over what's best for the country. >> they keep on finding ways to say no as opposed to finding ways to say yes and i don't kn
the other context that we have to look at is what is going on in america economically. we have a middle class, which is in significant decline, while the wealthiest people are doing phenomenally well. who should pick up the burden for deficit reduction? working people who have seen their wages go down or the top 2% who have done phenomenally well, while their effective tax rate, as mitt romney reminded us by not releasing his tax returns, is extremely low. so to my mind, what this deficit reduction debate is about is asking the wealthiest people, the large corporations to help us with deficit reduction and give a break for a change to the middle class and working families. >> as you say, one that would mean less money for seniors with the social security adjustment is off the table, are you more optimistic about getting a deal done. >> we still have a long way to go. >> what do you see as the major sticking point? >> one of the sticking pointing, what the republicans want to do is continue the 2010 agreement on lower estate tax rates, which means, chris, $120 billion tax break over a te
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, america's emotionally spent and i don't think they necessarily feel that they want to spend money on themselves. given everything that's been happening. rather give that money to people in need. >> seeing a spike in donations, contributions, charitable contributions? >> i think people are taking that money and donating it to chair it ritable contributions don't feel like spending. >> talk about the fiscal cliff. the uncertainty to witness ticking down to the end of the year and the, you know, people say that we might be borrowing from the future to think about the paychecks but basically people across the country have to consider the fact that the paychecks might take a hit at the first of the year. >> right. absolutely. hampton was on earlier talking about what will happen to those paychecks in terms of paychecks if we go over the fiscal cliff and a real concern here f. you look at the consumer, ten points lower than in july and for december 72 points. in july, it was 82. so we're seeing the sentiment decline over the last couple of months. also, consumer confidence at the lowest
at a time that seems inadequate. the saddest place in america everywhere from parents to children to civic leaders trying to come to grip was the trauma and human toll of friday's massacre at sandy hook elementary school. we will have much more, including a live report from newtown, connecticut, right after this break. and we can save you 10% on ground shipping over the ups store. look this isn't my first christmas. these deals all seem great at the time... but later... [ shirt ] merry christmas, everybody! not so much. ho ho ho! this isn't that kind of deal. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. save on ground shipping at fedex office. >>> just some of the heart wrenching images from the tragic scene. here's the latest that shooting in newtown, connecticut. all of the victims have been identified. their bodies have been remove prosecuted the sandy hook elementary school and taken to the medical examiner's office. police at this point are asking everyone to respect the privacy of those families. we are also learning a little bit more about the suspected gunman. 20-year-old adam
's your policy? >>> what does sex have in common with the fiscal cliff? i'm now for the sidebar. america's most famous sex therapist is weighing in on the stalled attacks. here's her take on this. members of congress who can't compromise probably aren't good lovers, sex requires give and take. allen west is one of hose members at least for the next few days. it is month surprise the republican from florida is criticizing the president. >> what the president is propose sing not rag mattic and it is a reflection of him living in some type of fantasy world. >> don't expect to see michelle obama's name on ballot any time soon. at least not according to david axelrod. >> you know, i think she sees her role much more as a private role. she's done a wonderful job with her kids. she will find ways to make contributions, i'm sure, but the last thing i think she would do is run for public office. >> the white house is getting flooded with requests to legally recognize the baptist church as a hate group. we the people petition already has more than 288,000 signatures. the kansas based group is know
reelection, mr. obama reminded americans that america had chosen him and his agenda over them. but republican senators essentially blocked susan right before she was ever nominated as secretary of state. now be prominent republicans are signaling troubling ahead for a fellow republicans, chuck hagel of nebraska if the president nominates him as the next defense sek. >> i don't think he's going to get me republican i like. but his positions i didn't frankly know all of them are really out of the mainstream and well to the left of the president. i think it lab challenging nomination but the hearings will matter. >> well, the president is not getting much help from democrats either. here's senator chuck schumer answering whether he would support senator hagel's nomination. take a listen. >> i'd have to study his record. i'm not going to comment until the president makes a nomination. >> joining me now, presidential historian michael beschloss. some republicans say they go have problems with hagel's opposition to the war in iraq, that's one issue, pro--israeli groups question his stance on israel
trail mix along with a holiday peek at america's canine in chief. ♪ >> we love that dog. we can't get enough of that dog. that is the first family's dog, bo. making the rounds of the white house and inspecting all the decorations, including the tree. look at how big bo has gotten, too. that has to be a dream for any dog. by the way, is that a douglas fir? someone tweet me, let me know. david axelrod going to get rid of his signature mustache here live on msnbc this coming friday. not for sweeps, for a good cause. made a bet with joe scarborough saying he would shave his upper lift if mitt romney won minnesota but axelrod said he would go through with it if they raised $1 million for his charity. and they did. president obama and mitt romney using the photo from their lunch house meeting as inspiration. here's a sample of that conversation. mitt romney, so, this is it, huh? the oval office? seems kind of small. president obama, we make the best of it. so, you really ordered up fireworks on election night, huh? governor romney, yeah, something like that. where did you even find all thos
a responsibility to the people of america to take action. we've been through this, as again the president mentioned, a number of different times. i deal with it on a daily basis. and my fellow mayors, mayors like mayor bloomberg and mayor emanuel in chicago or mayor blake in baltimore, kasim reed in atlanta. all of us deal with an daily onslaught of violence. this is what this is about. it's about violence. >> but, mayor, what can we -- what more can we do? specifically, what do we need to be doing that we are not doing right now? >> there are a number of things that we can do. there is no reason, none, zero, for any civilian to have an assault weapon or an assault rifle or an assault-type weapon with huge clips. news reports seem to indicate that at least one of the weapons may have been a handgun with 17-round clip capacity and maybe the other 10, 11, or 12. there's only one purpose for these weapons. apparently, again, news accounts indicate that the semi-automatic rifle may have been the most deadly weapon. many of the children, again, news indicates two shots to them. that is virtually an exec
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dollar from every rich person in america and still not balance this nation's budget. until we start talking about real spending cuts and structural reform to the entitlement programs, we're going to go broke. we'll go the way of greece, and the president hasn't moved off that. he's still playing politics with these issues, and frankly i think most of us now don't care who gets the blame. we're concerned about our economy and about our paychecks. >> richard, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell took to the senate floor this afternoon and said despite the setback all is not loss. >> there's no situation that remains an impossible sticking point. the sticking point appears to be a willingness and interest or frankly the courage to close the deal. i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> you know, so richard, here we are talking about this blame game, and everybody is pointing their fingers at one another as we've been hearing all afternoon. what do you think that republicans are looking for here? >> i heard the same "meet the press" intervi
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